4 thoughts on “He will quiet you with His love

  1. Charis,
    You’re wonderful photo reminds me of the following excerpt from ,Man’s Search for Meaning”, by Viktor Frankl

    ” like the story of the young woman whose death I witnessed in a concentration camp.
    “This young woman knew that she would die in the next few days. But when I talked to her she was cheerful in spite of this knowledge. “I am grateful that fate has hit me so hard,” she told me. “In my former life I was spoiled and did not take spiritual accomplishments seriously.” Pointing through the window of the hut, she said, “This tree here is the only friend I have in my loneliness.” Through that window she could see just one branch of a chestnut tree, and on the branch were two blossoms. “I often talk to this tree,” she said to me. I was startled and didn’t quite know how to take her words. Was she delirious? Did she have occasional hallucinations? Anxiously I asked her if the tree replied. “Yes.” What did it say to her? She answered, “It said to me, ‘I am here — I am here — I am life, eternal life.’” …  Victor Frankl – Nazi concentration camp survivor


    1. Wow, CCT. I appreciate this so much!
      This week we celebrate the victory we have in Christ and our own experience of seeing God bring deliverance and do the impossible. At the same time we weep with those who have suffered great loss. I am sometimes surprised that the reaction to the news of someone benefiting from an act of God that destroys the work of the devil is to feel offended. Knowing that such things are possible seems to make the pain of times when miracles did not occur even worse. Why this one and not that one?
      As I read this touching story I was also remembering many of the beautiful people I met in Israel -especially the children. As horrible as the holocaust was (and I can relate since Hitler and Stalin killed my grandmother’s entire family and all her friends) it did not succeed in its goal of genocide. Life goes on. I saw hundreds of happy families with laughing children living the dream of their grandparents –“Next year in Jerusalem.”
      This morning as I contemplated our joy in having our son-in-law restored and the pain of another family whose child has just died after a battle with heart disease, I realized that we are in a spiritual war. In a war there are sometimes casualties, sometimes huge losses, but we mourn, lay down and bleed for a while and then get up, pick up our spiritual weapons and fight some more. We know that God has our loved ones and that he sees the bigger picture, the one where the enemy admits defeat and life goes on -eternally. We can choose to be offended and build a theology based on disappointment (even John the Baptist struggled with offense when the Messiah, whose job was to release captives from prison had not yet released him) or we can keep our eyes fixed on the finisher of our faith and see eternal life and be encouraged by two tiny blossoms.
      Bless you for posting this.


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